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6 open-air party series to look for this summer in Budapest
Photo : CitiMatiné

When sunshine hits Budapest, clubs close up and go for a summer snooze. Fear not though, you won’t be left without a party in high season, but instead of dark basement bars, you can enjoy pulsing electronic tunes and ice-cold drinks under open skies. We present six open-air party series for the summer, with music spanning everything from hip-hop to punk funk.

CitiMatiné Cruisin Friday Lick The Click! NIGHTDRIVE POOL&Beer


Photo: CitiMatiné

CitiMatiné is the pioneer of daytime parties in Budapest. These alfresco events have been entertaining wild crowds for seven years now, each time creating a mini festival atmosphere somewhere in the city centre. The location and theme of these parties always change, but some things stay the same: the triumvirate of top DJs, Knuckles, Sobek and Monolit, who play house and techno tunes for a jolly bunch of regular partygoers. To complete the outdoor hedonism, there is generally a BBQ, too.


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Cruisin takes the fun out onto the open water with an electronica-infused excursion aboard a huge party boat. Here you can dance to pulsing beats on the floating dance floor or chill out on comfy bean bags while admiring moving monumental views. Get a drink in hand and rock the boat to the best summer hits aboard. During Budapest’s Sziget Festival, seven splendid boat parties await, with crowd pullers such as Alle Farben and Krafty Kuts.


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When you just want to chill out under the clouds, drum ‘n’ bass is the best for some background music. And the DJs of Bladerunnaz are ambassadors of the genre in Budapest. When they come together on the panoramic terrace of the A38 Ship, where mojitos sell on a twofer basis, the good mood is guaranteed. Friday makes you forget about the troubles of the past days between 5pm and 10pm every week and prepares you for the weekend.


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Lick The Click!

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The DJs of Lick The Click!, Isu, Crimson and Chrom, are daredevils of the dancefloor. They mix up house, punk funk and dubby disco like nobody else, while delicious drinks constantly flow. Sooner or later, this combination sees everyone end up on the dance floor. They present their eclectic sets on Saturdays at A38.


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Hot disco, neon funky, hip hop and groove; NIGHTDRIVE is now six years old. This party series moves to PONTOON for the summer and will bring The Pilotwings to Budapest, after missing their gig in February. On June 22nd, the special guest will be Egyptian Lover, while on 29th a super secret surprise performer shakes up the Budapest night. But if you can’t wait until then, you can enjoy the tunes of resident DJS AiwA, Sazabio, Zovek, Pimp Chef and Utah every Sunday in the heart of the city.


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Perfectly poured beer, frosty spritzers, thermal water, sauna, burgers and music from morning till eve. This is POOL&BEER, a regular (beach) party series. At least once a month, they fill Vituki Beach with fun and music that even make palm trees sprout in Budapest’s District IX. The season opening is on June 2nd with Pizza Amore, Galactic Jackson and Nora Matisse at the decks.


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